Category Archives: Kingwood Stuff

Kingwood Students “Love” Their Teacher

After being disrespected by a student at Kingwood High School, long-time substitute teacher, Mr. Love, needed to find out exactly how much he was loved by the students at KHS.

Here’s the heartwarming story from my camarada Egberto Willies.

And here’s how the students feted Mr. Love (video by Egberto Willies).

Mandatory Water Conservation Is Coming

Whenever I cross the river (the San Jac) over to Humble, whether it is along US 59 or Lake Houston Parkway, it’s easy to notice that water levels have dropped significantly. With Lake Houston being one of our main sources of water, I was wondering when exactly we’d be told to conserve water.

It’s here!

Under Stage 2, those restrictions would become mandatory. Other restrictions, such as a prohibition on washing cars, would be added, Parker said. Residents also would be required to repair water leaks on their properties within 72 hours.

The mandatory restrictions would be enforced through fines, though Parker did not elaborate.

“We are coming closer and closer to drawing down water from Lake Conroe to stabilize the water levels in Lake Houston,” the mayor said. “And we are coming closer and closer to a stage 2 water conservation, which is mandatory.”

The city has not had to draw down water from Lake Conroe to stabilize Lake Houston since 1988. The water from Lake Conroe would be use to boost the level in Lake Houston to prevent damage to intake mechanisms that supply water to the city.

Of course, a good way to lower water use is through embarrassment. Look at what the San Antonio Water System is known for doing.

In Other Water News…

Meanwhile, my elected officials want to dredge up Lake Houston to get rid of some of the silt at the bottom of the lake, and they’ve asked the Mayor to do it. Of course, Ted Poe should be asking for federal money for this, but instead, they’d much rather raid the drainage fee and other local sources to fund this.

Here’s an idea:  Go after the mining companies that dump silt into the river. What? Do they think the silt appears naturally?

Because of sand mining, the San Jacinto was named one of 10 most endangered rivers in 2006 by American Rivers. Sand and gravel mining – including the production of its main product, concrete – contributes an estimated $19.6 billion to the Texas economy annually. (For comparison, wildlife watching contributes $1.3 billion, and total tourism $44 billion). Sand mining may have a role in Texas, but does it belong on the San Jacinto? The river provides the city its drinking water via Lake Houston, and the upstream forested reaches of the watershed help protect Houston from downstream flooding.

With $19.6 billion being exchanged, certainly someone should be paying for it, and it doesn’t only have to be the gum’mint.

Of course, for the future, perhaps Poe, Huberty and their Republican buddies can do something about this:

Sand mining is not a regulated industry in Texas, unlike most other states. In other words, the industry has no regulations to follow, no permits to apply for, and no reclamation to complete once finished.

Silly me.

The Longoria Affair: A Soldier’s Civil Rights Story and Discussion at LSC-Kingwood will be at the screening of The Longoria Affair on Monday night at Lone Star College-Kingwood. In invite all my friends to attend, learn a bit about the Mexican American Civil Rights movement’s roots, and learn some real Texas history.

A soldier’s fight during War World II did not prepare his family for the civil rights battle that ensued after his death. Pvt. Felíx Longoría’sstory, now known as “The Longoría Affair” will be shared for free with Lone Star College-Kingwood students, faculty staff and the community Monday, Nov. 15.

John J. Valadez, producer of “The Longoría Affair” will show the audience how Longoría’s death gave life to the Mexican-Americans’ fight for civil rights in Texas. The documentary will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the college’s Student Fine Arts Theatre.

“‘The Longoría Affair’ is a compelling story of the struggle for Mexican-American civil rights during War World II. As a resident of Three Rivers in Texas, draftee Pvt. Felíx Longoría served his country patriotically. Sadly, the soldier’s supreme sacrifice to America culminated more than half a year into his tour of duty in the Philippines when he was shot by an enemy sniper in 1944,” said Raúl Reyes, history professor.

Posthumously, Longoría became a national victim of racial bigotry when according to the PBS documentary, “the funeral home in his hometown refused [to host the soldier’s wake] and turned away his widow for fear that the whites might not like it.”

Longoría’s story angered many in the Mexican-American community and caught the attention of Dr. Héctor García, president and founder of the American GI Forum (World War II Mexican-American veterans). Garcia advocated on behalf of the widow and sent at least 17 telegrams to politicians and radio personalities such as Drew Pearson and Walter Winchell.

“The radio personalities aired Garcia’s impassioned telegram which reflected that the denial of burial services was a direct contradiction of the principals that this American soldier made in sacrificing his life for his country and for the same people who denied him his last funeral rites, which is deserving of any American hero regardless of origin,” Reyes said.

The ensuing fight for civil rights paid off when Senator Lyndon B. Johnson arranged for a full military honors and burial for Longoría in the Arlington National Cemetery in 1949.

“The Longoría Affair” will be shown as part of LSC-Kingwood’s International Education Week Nov. 15-18 and in belated recognition of Veterans Day. For more information on the event, contact Raúl Reyes at 281-312-1594 or email him at For more information on “The Longoría Affair” click here.


The Houston Stonewall Young Democrats saved the Kingwood Area Democrats! Seeking a pretty awesome photo for their ad for the local Tribune, KAD sought out the organization that developed the best direct mail piece for 2010.

HSYDs piece showcased their endorsed slate in a photo that really shows the diversity of the Democratic Party. And then KAD sent me to beg HSYD for permission to use it.  (Just Kidding!) Actually, HSYD came through showing that our clubs work together toward a common goal–electing a diverse Democratic slate.  And that’s something we in Kingwood aren’t afraid to show ’em, either.

So, thanks again to HSYD! Here is the KAD finished product.

In A Side-by-Side, Montemayor is the Obvious Choice

The Tribune ran a comparison of the candidates for Texas House District 127.

I’ll let Joe Montemayor Speak for himself.


Montemayor strongly believes that Texas has failed to prepare students for college and/or the workforce, and that schools need to be fully funded in order to improve student performance.

“I’ve been concerned with the representation we’ve been getting for our kids,” he said. “It also concerns me that tuition fees for college are getting outrageous; I’ve talked to kids in heavy debt; it’s been a big concern for me.”

He also strongly advocates for mentoring programs for high-school students.

“We need to start doing that now,” he said. “I’ve helped kids all my life, and what we are working for is the future of our children.”


“I’m a conservative Democrat,” said Montemayor on the topic of economy. “I believe in transparency and accountability.”

In a similar stance to Huberty, Montemayor also believes that the margins tax is ill-advised.

“It shifted the burden to small businesses to pick up the load for the lack of funding for our schools, basically,” he said. “When that happened, we knew this was going to bite us in the backside. We have to go back and revisit that whole system.

“Small businesses need relief or it will strangle our economy,” he concluded.

Montemayor also said he is an advocate of lifting the moratorium on deep-water drilling, because of how much it is hurting the economy.

He pointed out how important it is to have someone in Austin who can relate to the average Texan.

“I’ve been blue-collar all my life,” he said. “I didn’t sit behind a desk. I know what it’s like to struggle to pay the mortgage. We need someone in Austin who understands that.”

Border Control

Montemayor believes intelligence, not a “boots-on-the-ground” mentality, is what is needed most to address the challenges Texas faces at the border. He brings several years of experience to the table with immigration and border issues, having spent 25 years with the Department of Homeland Security as an agent with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

“Boots on the ground is great, but I’ve been preaching intelligence forever, and how intelligence gathering is key,” he said. “We need to be smart about how we enforce the laws, and develop the resources and critical contacts necessary.”

Montemayor feels confident he can handle these issues.

“I think I’m better qualified to know what border security is all about,” he said.


Montemayor believes in a life of service, and he wants to continue that tradition by serving the state of Texas.

“I’ve devoted over half my life to serving the community,” he said. We are in a crisis situation, and we need a representative who has the best interests of the people at heart.”

Montemayor also asserts that Governor Perry has run up the debt and did not make tough choices. He compared the situation to that of parents that know their child has gotten out of control and needs boundaries, and that a “fraternity brother” mentality has reigned over the politics in Texas.

“It’s time for the parents to step in and say, ‘you know what? It’s over,’” he said.

Meanwhile, his opponent talks the same old line, especially regarding “border control” where he includes “strict Voter ID” law as part of the border. The waste on “fraud” charges at the Texas Attorney General’s office where over $4,000,000 was wasted shows that the whole idea of voter fraud is a Republican myth that continues the tax waste.

On Education, Joe’s opponent calls for “local control,” but under Dan Huberty, Humble ISD has struggled, taxes have increased with little return, and teachers are not effectively represented and defended. We may have a shiny new stadium that we’ll pay off in 30 years, but our teachers will not get raises and our children will still be in over-burdened classrooms today.

On the economy, Huberty calls for less regulation, but Huberty doesn’t mind Rick Perry’s Corporate Slush Fund, which has benefited Republican donors and has resulted in low wage jobs and a failure to meet job-creation targets. Huberty believes in government for a few if it’s his chosen few, and not you.

And on “border control” Huberty is simply ill-prepared, taking lessons from Ted Poe’s right-wing mentality. Joe Montemayor offers experience and talks sensibly, rather than divisively.

Simply put, as the article mentions the end of Joe Crabb’s career, this election is about whether voters want to continue the Joe Crabb Era or have a new beginning in state government. With Joe Montemayor, you get representation, an independent voice, and a representative not tainted by corporate contributions.

With Dan Huberty, well, you get the same old songs with a different album cover.

Contribute to Joe Montemayor today.

Election Results – My Neck of the Woods

Lone Star College District FINAL

Position 5 In: 100%
David Branham 2513 25.9
Gail Stanart 2866 29.5
David Vogt (I) 3253 33.5
Glenn Ware 1089 11.2
Position 6 In: 100%
Margaret L. Cox 2894 31.5
Rick Diaz 835 9.1
Elizabeth Jensen 2,341 25.5
Bob Wolfe (I) 3117 33.9
Position 7 In: 100%
Richard Campbell (I) 3674 37.1
Linda S. Good 5229 52.9
Vernon Reed 987 10.0

Humble ISD Position 4 FINAL

Position 4 Early Voting City Hall NBE OE FE KMS CMS TALLY
Cunningham 425 41 60 74 37 53 59 749
Flickinger 97 1 10 9 10 20 43 190
Leopold 66 2 1 5 10 6 42 132
Position 5 Early Voting City Hall NBE OE FE KMS CMS TALLY
Engelage 452 29 50 59 39 51 101 781

Charles Cunningham soundly defeats two pro-voucher (and one pro-outsourcing of Janitors) candidates with 70% of vote.

For Galvestor Mayor Results, check out Muse!

Thoughts On Viernes…04162010

From Our Wise Latina Bureau…

It’s always a great night when you get to watch an activist in action and Dolores Huerta’s presentation to a packed room at Lone Star College-Kingwood (yes, Kingwood), did not disappoint.  Providing a little history on her community organizing efforts dating back to organizing Mexican Americans in L.A. with the help of organizer Fred Ross to her work with Cesar Chavez and the UFW to her present work with her own Dolores Huerta Foundation, the crowd was in awe of this woman–and they gave her a couple of standing ovations, too.

One of the most notable parts of her presentation was her ability to excite the women in the audience, urging them to become civic-minded, run for public office, and take on positions of leadership and influence. More importantly, to continue their studies because, “if a woman gets an education, the entire family becomes educated.”

A huge thank you and congratulations to LSC-Kingwood History Professor Raul Reyes for spearheading this effort, and to the folks at LSC-Kingwood for their support, too.

Magali Reyes, Dolores Huerta, and Prof. Raul Reyes

Who’s next? Congressman Luis Gutierrez? Maybe Labor Secretary Hilda Solis? Or let’s go for broke and get Justice Sonia Sotomayor! Great job, Raul!

Mine, too, Kuff!

Kuff’s “Some of my best friends are white people” post gives some more thoughts on the whole Caucasian deputies group.  I agree with Kuff’s title to the post, or else, why can’t the inner loopers take me out of Kingwood?

They Doth Protest Too Much

At Sam Houston Race Park in northwest Houston, about 6,000 tea partiers cheered and waved American flags as speakers denounced President Barack Obama and repeatedly assured the crowd that they were not racist.

And then…

No Racism? (from

Well, so much for that.


Dolores Huerta to Speak at Lone Star-Kingwood

If you all recall, Lone Star College-Kingwood is fast becoming a portal for Latino/Chicano speaking engagements, as was evidenced by last year’s presentation by Jose Angel Gutierrez.  Thanks to LSC-Kingwood History Professor Raul Reyes, the college will be featuring Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers and a popular speaker on all things political and cultural.

Dolores Huerta will speak at LSC-Kingwood on Thursday, April 15th at 6:30 PM.

I invite all of my DC Readers to trek up to Kingwood, once again, for what will be an historic speech featuring one of our greatest activists and speakers.

For added information, please contact Raul Reyes at raul.r.reyes [at] lonestar [dot] edu.

Get there early!

Krystafer Redden Named to THECB Post

Some of you may have seen DosCentavos and associates raising funds for this student from the Kingwood area.  A former student of my sis, Toni, at Kingwood College, Krys is finishing up another year at the University of Houston as a Terry Scholar.  He recently returned from a trip to Washington, DC where he represented U of H at the Model Arab League competition (he also represented UH in 2009).  Well, now, he gets another honor to represent Texas undergrad students.

A University of Houston Honors College student has been appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as the student representative to the Undergraduate Advisory Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Krystafer Redden, a sophomore majoring in political science and history, says he’s ready for the challenge.

“My primary job is to serve as the sole student voice on the committee and I feel that’s extremely important,” Redden said.  “It’s intimidating, scary – perhaps terrifying – once one realizes that it’s not just about you;  it’s not just about your university;  it’s about students in every public college and university across the state, which is a huge group of people.”

The Undergraduate Advisory Committee provides recommendations to the board regarding the direction of undergraduate education in Texas.  Redden applied for the position and later was appointed by Perry.  His two-year term begins in June.  He will travel to Austin at least twice a semester and will be a non-voting member of the committee.

While he anticipates working with the office of UH President Renu Khator, Redden will speak for undergraduates in all Texas public institutions of higher education.  He already is aware of some concerns.

“For example, the ability of universities across the state to pursue research opportunities both for undergraduates and their faculty in terms of increasing research dollars and output.  There also are concerns with keeping academically competitive students here in the state of Texas,” he said.

Redden was urged by Professor William Monroe, dean of the Honors College, and Elwyn Lee, UH vice president for student affairs, to submit his name for consideration.

“The University of Houston is proud that Krystafer will be representing undergraduates in Texas,” Lee said.  “He is representative of the high-caliber student at UH and will be a smart voice and advocate for undergraduates who want the best education they can have in order to serve their communities, cities and state.”

Monroe echoes those remarks, saying Redden’s talents will serve him well in this position.

“Krystafer is a perfect choice.  He has worked hard to become informed on the issues and has developed into an able communicator,” he said.  “Most importantly, he is a passionate advocate for undergraduate education.”

Redden’s professional goals may include politics or law school, but he’s hopeful that his appointment as a spokesperson for Texas undergraduate students leaves a lasting impression.

“I hope to be able to say that undergraduate education in the state of Texas has improved,” he said.

For more information on the UH Honors College, visit

For more information on the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education

The Posters in Kingwood…

Looks like a local tea bagger is going around putting up the “Joker” posters of Obama in Kingwood.

I know I live in a very “R” area, but to have political discourse reduced to vandalism, along with a lack of creativity, shows what the tea baggers are about–nothing but lies and hate.

Here’s the video.

As far as his denial of racism, it doesn’t take a Ph.D. in U.S. Ethnic Studies to figure out the inherent racism in these posters.  The tea-baggers can deny all they want, their talking heads have become apologists for the racism they are promoting with these posters, the birth certificate questions, and more.